1. Overview

    Baillie Gifford China Growth Trust aims to produce long term capital growth by investing predominantly in shares of, or depositary receipts representing the shares of, Chinese companies.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 30/06/2024

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    10 Years

    Share Price -7.9%-59.3%-35.7%6.5%
    NAV -10.2%-52.6%-35.9%1.2%
    Index* -3.6%-35.8%-23.4%29.5%

    Performance figures appear in GBP. The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    NAV is calculated with borrowings deducted at fair value for 1, 3 and 5 years and par value for 10 years.
    *Changed from MSCI AC Asia ex Pacific index to MSCI China All Shares Index on 16/09/20. Data chain-linked from this date to form a single comparative index
    Performance source: Morningstar and relevant underlying index provider, total return.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.

    Discrete Performance

    Annual Performance to 30 June each year






    Share Price 5.9%49.1%-33.4%-33.6%-7.9%
    NAV 2.2%32.2%-27.1%-27.5%-10.2%
    Index* 4.4%14.4%-15.1%-21.6%-3.6%

    Performance figures appear in GBP. The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    NAV is calculated with borrowings deducted at fair value for 1, 3 and 5 years and par value for 10 years.
    *Changed from MSCI AC Asia ex Pacific index to MSCI China All Shares Index on 16/09/20. Data chain-linked from this date to form a single comparative index.
    Performance source: Morningstar and relevant underlying index provider, total return.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.

    Holdings - 30/06/2024

    Fund %
    1 Tencent 12.0%
    2 ByteDance 8.2%
    3 Alibaba 5.1%
    4 Meituan 4.9%
    5 Kweichow Moutai 4.8%
    6 China Merchants Bank 3.5%
    7 Ping An Insurance 2.9%
    8 PDD Holdings 2.8%
    9 CATL 2.5%
    10 Zijin Mining 2.4%
    Total 49.0%
    Sector analysis of total assets - 30/06/2024

    Fund %

    • 1 Consumer Discretionary 28.47
    • 2 Communication Services 23.13
    • 3 Industrials 13.38
    • 4 Consumer Staples 8.81
    • 5 Financials 7.69
    • 6 Information Technology 7.12
    • 7 Health Care 4.18
    • 8 Materials 3.86
    • 9 Utilities 1.69
    • 10 Real Estate 1.31
    • 11 Energy 0.51
    • 12 Net Liquid Assets -0.14
    • Total 100.00

    The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon when making investment decisions. All holdings information is unaudited. Source Baillie Gifford & Co. Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.

    Meet the Managers

    Sophie Earnshaw

    Sophie is an investment manager in the China Equities Team. She is a decision maker on our All China Strategy, which she has managed since 2014, and on our A share Strategy since its inception in 2019. She also provides China insight to the Emerging Markets Leading Companies and International All Cap portfolio construction groups. She is a CFA Charterholder and graduated MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and MPhil in Eighteenth Century and Romantic Literature from the University of Cambridge in 2009.

    Linda Lin

    Linda is the head of the China Equities Team, and a decision maker on our All China and China A share strategies. She is also a member of the Long Term Global Growth Team. Linda joined Baillie Gifford in September 2014 and worked in Edinburgh until relocating to Shanghai in 2019 as Head of the Investment Team. She became a partner of the firm in May 2022 and is now based in Edinburgh. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, Linda spent four years as a global equity analyst with Aubrey Capital and two years in real estate investment in China. She graduated BComm in Accounting and Finance from the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2007 and MSc in Finance and Investment from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. Linda is a native Mandarin speaker.

    How to Invest

    You can invest in our funds via a number of fund platforms, please see the links opposite. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix.

    Please note that we do not have the facility for you to invest directly with us in our Investment Trusts and we do not offer ISAs, SIPPS or Share Plans.

    Please also note that we do not have an online service for individual investors.

    Further information on our funds can be found in the relevant Key Investor Information and Prospectus Documents, which are available in English and will be sent to you free of charge on request.

    Baillie Gifford does not sponsor, maintain or have any control over the content of any other websites. Therefore, we are not responsible for the adequacy or accuracy of any of the information you may view, nor do we undertake to ensure successful transmission to any linked website.

    How to Invest

    Getting Financial Advice

    At Baillie Gifford we don’t provide financial advice, but we do try our best to provide you with all the information we think you might need to make investment decisions. Of course, we realise there are occasions when you may want the advice of an expert.

    Using professional financial advice

    An authorised intermediary can give you advice and help on how best to manage your financial affairs based on your circumstances and investment aspirations. They can also help keep track of all your different investment interests, saving you a lot of time and bookkeeping.

    Finding a financial adviser near you

    If you want to use an authorised intermediary, MyLocalAdviser is a website that allows you to search for authorised intermediaries in your area. You can visit their site on www.mylocaladviser.co.uk


    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available).

    To download any document you will need Adobe Reader. Please note that we can now provide you with Braille and audio transcriptions of our literature on request. It may take up to 10 days for the transcription to be completed dependent on the size of the document.

    Investment Intelligence

    Sustainability-related Disclosures


    Any investment in an investment trust involves risk. You should be aware of the following risks when considering investing.

    Share prices may either be below (at a discount) or above (at a premium) the net asset value (NAV). The Company may issue new shares when the price is at a premium which may reduce the share price. Shares bought at a premium may have a greater risk of loss than those bought at a discount.

    Past Performance

    Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

    The value of your investment

    The investment trusts managed by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited are listed UK companies and are not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of their shares, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.

    Exchange rates

    The Trust invests in overseas securities. Changes in the rates of exchange may also cause the value of your investment (and any income it may pay) to go down or up.

    Investing in China

    The Trust invests in China, often through contractual structures that are complex and could be open to challenge, where potential issues with market volatility, political and economic instability including the risk of market shutdown, trading, liquidity, settlement, corporate governance, regulation, legislation and taxation could arise, resulting in a negative impact on the value of your investment.


    The Trust can borrow money to make further investments (sometimes known as “gearing” or “leverage”). The risk is that when this money is repaid by the Trust, the value of the investments may not be enough to cover the borrowing and interest costs, and the Trust will make a loss. If the Trust's investments fall in value, any invested borrowings will increase the amount of this loss.

    Share Buybacks

    The Trust can buy back its own shares. The risks from borrowing, referred to above, are increased when a trust buys back its own shares.


    Market values for securities which have become difficult to trade may not be readily available and there can be no assurance that any value assigned to such securities will accurately reflect the price the Trust might receive upon their sale.


    The Trust can make use of derivatives which may impact on its performance.

    Smaller companies

    Investment in smaller companies is generally considered higher risk as changes in their share prices may be greater and the shares may be harder to sell. Smaller companies may do less well in periods of unfavourable economic conditions.

    Single country

    The Trust’s exposure to a single market and currency may increase risk.

    Private Companies

    Unlisted investments such as private companies can increase risk. These assets may be more difficult to sell, so changes in their prices may be greater.

    Charges to capital

    The Trust charges 75% of the investment management fee and borrowing costs to capital which reduces the capital value. Also, where income is low, the remaining expenses may be greater than the total income received, meaning the Trust may not pay a dividend and the capital value would be further reduced.

    Income unlikely

    The aim of the Trust is to achieve capital growth and it is unlikely that the Trust will provide a steady, or indeed any, income.

    Tax Rates

    You should note that tax rates and reliefs may change at any time and their value depends on your circumstances.


    The Trust is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Information subject to change

    The information and opinions expressed within this website are subject to change without notice.

    Not Investment Advice

    This information has been issued and approved by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited and does not in any way constitute investment advice.

    Suitability for retail distribution

    Please note that the Company currently conducts its affairs, and intends to continue to conduct its affairs, so that the Company’s ordinary shares can be recommended by Independent Financial Advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream pooled investment products (NMPI). The Company’s ordinary shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream pooled investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.



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